Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar | Seafood
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If you like Roadfood, you probably appreciate a restaurant that can properly be called a shack. The South is especially rich with shacks — divey, graffiti-splotched, ramshackle eateries where the setting may be shabby, but meals are on the beam.

Rhinehart’s is a good example. In this overgrown shack, where seating is at wooden picnic tables deeply carved with graffiti, plates are paper, cocktails come in plastic cups, and beer is drunk straight from its longneck bottle. (No draughts.) The house motto is “Beyond Casual.” The intense informality is to some degree a fabrication that has been consciously cultivated; but rather then worry the fine points of authenticity, let’s talk about the food, which is swell.

I was first directed here by Larry Byers, a friend over the Savannah River in Aiken, who said that his go-to dish is the oyster po boy. Oh, yes! It’s a beauty, built on a length of bread that is scrumptiously herbed, buttered, and toasted. The oysters are clad in a fragile crust seasoned just enough to halo the lavish marine sweetness inside. I like the oysters so much that next time I order this sandwich, I am going to pay for a double helping.

Likewise, I wish there had been a few more shrimp and hunks of sausage in my jambalaya appetizer. Surely, there are more in the meal-size version. But my complaint is about quantity, not quality. This jambalaya is a vividly spiced balancing act, every forkful a slightly different mix of taste and texture.

I very much enjoy a dish called Mysterious Pasta Salad, which is rotini noodles, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, and olives. It is available as an appetizer/ salad or – with grilled shrimp or chicken added – as an entrée.

Those seeking a big-time meal are well-advised to consider Lime Butter Grilled Garlic Chicken and Shrimp. It’s big portions of each atop a bed of rice along with unctuous (and impossible to stop eating) garlic toast and a ramekin of peppery/sweet Jamaican spiced pineapple sauce.

Seafood (with drinks) is the reason to come to Rhinehart’s, but fish-frowners can avail themselves of a half-pound hamburger, a French dip, or fried chicken fingers that come with a cup of grits.

Note: A second Rhinehart’s is located in Evans, at 305 North Bel Air Rd. (706-868-6850)

What to Eat
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Oyster Po Boy
Oyster Po Boy
Must-Try
The plump lovelies that inhabit Rhinehart's oyster po boy begin to flake when prodded.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, French Fries
French Fries
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French fries are cut with lots of skin.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Lime Butter Grilled Garlic Chicken and Shrimp
Lime Butter Grilled Garlic Chicken and Shrimp
Must-Try
Jamaican spiced pineapple sauce makes grilled chicken & shrimp glow.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread
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Oily non-gourmet garlic bread is irresistible.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Oysters
Oysters
Must-Try
They're best in winter, but oysters always are in season at Rhinehart's.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Shrimp & Oyster Plate
Shrimp & Oyster Plate
Must-Try
Fried oysters are hefty; shrimp are refreshing.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Jambalaya Appetizer
Jambalaya Appetizer
Jambalaya is a gallimaufry of shrimp, sausage, tomatoes, beans and rice, and lots of spice.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Sassy Burger
Sassy Burger
Four good fried shrimp and spicy Sassy Sauce do not compensate for the cheerless cheeseburger below.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar, Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Sunrise
Tequila sunrise upholds house motto: "Beyond Casual"
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday11am - 9:30pm
Tuesday11am - 9:30pm
Wednesday11am - 9:30pm
Thursday11am - 9:30pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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